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Refugee advocate asks PM to back 'they are us' statement

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 4:36 pm | RNZ

A refugee advocate is calling on the prime minister to match her rhetoric and scrap a "racist" family-link resettlement policy. More >>

Court appearance: James Shaw's attacker named

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 4:07 pm | RNZ

The man convicted of assaulting Green Party co-leader James Shaw has reappeared in the Wellington District Court for a disputed facts hearing. More >>

Accused mosque shooter's manifesto - NZ to talk to Ukraine

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 3:53 pm | RNZ

New Zealand will raise its concerns directly with Ukrainian authorities after it was revealed that printed copies of the manifesto penned by the accused Christchurch gunman are being sold online. More >>

Levin escape: Two officers were guarding four men

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 3:35 pm | RNZ

Police have admitted they did not follow best practice before three prisoners with gang affiliations escaped in Levin. More >>

American Apocalypse

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 2:54 pm | John W Whitehead

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out ... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, ... More >>

MPs back euthanasia bill revisions

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 1:00 pm | RNZ

ACT Party leader David Seymour's voluntary euthanasia bill has cleared another stage in Parliament with a suite of changes aimed at securing support. More >>

Civil Aviation Authority chairperson Nigel Gould resigns

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 9:52 am | RNZ

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) chairperson Nigel Gould has resigned following a request from the government. More >>

Live: Ihumātao hīkoi to deliver petition to Ardern's office

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 9:31 am | RNZ

Around 100 people have begun the hīkoi to the Prime Minister's electorate office over Ihumātao, asking her to visit the site. More >>

The Detail: How Big Pharma operates in New Zealand

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 4:04 pm | RNZ

Cancer has become a political football. Funding of drugs, treatments, and heartbreaking stories of sufferers have many questioning the role of the country’s unique drug-funding agency Pharmac. More >>

Māori King addresses Ihumātao, Oranga Tamariki in speech

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 3:47 pm | RNZ

Kiingi Tūheitia says he is encouraged by the progress between opposing mana whenua at Ihumātao . More >>

Fast Bowling, Concussions and Jofra Archer

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 2:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

We should all be cheering on some level. So much in this age of cricket favours the pampered bat over the stifled ball. The game of duration has suffered: five-day test matches are struggling before diminishing attention spans and ever shorter forms ... More >>

Govt tells big cities: grow up and out

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 1:24 pm | BusinessDesk

Nimbys, carparks and the status quo under threat as govt tells big cities: grow up and out More >>

KiwiBuild programme losing another top boss

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 12:46 pm | RNZ

The troubled KiwiBuild programme is losing another top boss with Helen O'Sullivan leaving at the end of the month. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Commerce Commission fuel report

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 11:48 am | Gordon Campbell

O il companies have always struggled to win public affection. Over the past 20 years, Gallup’s annual US poll of public perceptions of the leading business sectors has found oil companies either coming in dead last in public esteem, or sitting just ... More >>

Ngāpuhi elder 'shocked' by conditions at Ngawha Prison

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 10:57 am | RNZ

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard. More >>

Hapū ready to occupy mountain to stop cell phone tower

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 10:11 am | RNZ

Hapū in Northland are willing to occupy a mountain in Hokianga, and be arrested if necessary, in order to stop the construction of a cell phone tower. More >>

Wellington building quality control docs lost in translation

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 10:00 am | RNZ

The builders of a high-rise block of apartments in central Wellington resisted getting translations done of important Chinese quality control documents. More >>

Opposition policy costings response 'ridiculous' - Robertson

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 9:44 am | RNZ

The finance minister is accusing Simon Bridges of "electioneering" and introducing "the very worst of American politics'' to New Zealand. More >>

Abuse Inquiry: Churches may drop confidentiality agreements

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:59 pm | RNZ

The Catholic and Anglican churches are considering quashing confidentiality agreements preventing abuse survivors from giving evidence to the inquiry investigating historical abuse in care. More >>

Southern Response boss silent as calls for inquiry grow

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:49 pm | RNZ

The Southern Response boss was nowhere to be found today as calls for a public inquiry into the state insurer's conduct reignited today. More >>

Measles cases on the rise, people urged to get vaccinated

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 12:43 pm | RNZ

More than 100 new cases of the measles have been confirmed in the past week, according to new figures from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research. More >>

Manus Island refugees offered Port Moresby move

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 12:36 pm | RNZ

Refugees detained on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have been offered relocation to Port Moresby by the PNG government. More >>

Drones wanted in fight to protect Māui dolphins

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 11:46 am | RNZ

Two fishing companies and WWF want drones, new rules, and support for out-of-work fishers as part of a package to protect Māui dolphins. More >>

Arguments over Māui and Hector's dolphin protection plan

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 11:29 am | RNZ

A group of conservationists marched on Parliament today [ 19 August ], demanding better protection for two of New Zealand's native dolphin species. More >>

PM's Post-Cab 19/8/19: Bad Mail

Monday, 19 August 2019, 5:15 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her post-cabinet press conference on Monday by running through recent government announcements, followed by a preview of her week to come. She also said Depity Prime Minister Winston Peters would not be attending ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Hong Kong protest movement

Monday, 19 August 2019, 12:27 pm | Gordon Campbell

Nearly ten weeks after the huge Hong Kong protests began, managing to still get 1.7 million people onto the streets in the rain is a testament to how strong the pro-democracy movement has become . More >>

Dunedin mayoralty campaign heats up in cold southern winter

Monday, 19 August 2019, 11:55 am | RNZ

Traditionally, changes to Dunedin's leadership marked a seismic shift or the ascension of an heir apparent. Photo: Ulrich Lange / Wikimedia commons More >>

Australian PM's attitude 'neo-colonial' says Tuvalu

Monday, 19 August 2019, 11:38 am | RNZ

Tuvalu's prime minister has condemned the Australian prime minister's conduct at last week's Pacific Islands Forum, calling Scott Morrison's attitude "unfortunate" and "neo-colonial," and questioning Australia's future in the 18-member ... More >>

Help to stay in tenancies a 'critical' step on homelessness

Monday, 19 August 2019, 10:26 am | RNZ

The government's new plan to prevent homelessness is being described by service providers as a critical step towards ending the problem. More >>

Sinfonietta Fantastica

Monday, 19 August 2019, 9:12 am | Max Rashbrooke

Friday night’s Sinfonietta, the latest offering in the Shed Series concerts, continued its (newly forged) tradition of innovative ideas. If the positioning of the orchestra in the room was, regrettably, a little more traditional than in past outings, the ... More >>

Outrage over babies taken by the state

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:29 am | Socialist Equality Group

On July 30, several hundred people gathered outside parliament in Wellington for a protest titled “Hands Off Our Tamariki [children].” They delivered a petition with 17,000 signatures calling for the government to stop “stealing Maori children.” ... More >>

Condescension and Climate Change

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 6:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was predictably ugly: in tone, in regret, and, in some ways, disgust. Australia emerged from the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting isolated, the true spoiler of the party which saw 17 states facing the obstinacy of one. It had taken place ... More >>

Oil reserves budget blow out reason for quiet levy increase

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 12:08 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on August 8 2019. A budget blow out in meeting NZ’s obligation to meet oil storage reserves was behind a small but relatively unpublicised rise in petrol levies. More >>

Burning darkly

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 10:39 am | Max Rashbrooke

Compromise is the essence of politics. But which compromises are beyond the pale – are, in fact, compromising? To what extent does our purity rely on the compromises of others? And do women in politics have to make compromises very different to those ... More >>

God, Guns and Video Games

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 3:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The din struck by videos of the gaming variety; its forced causal link (always alleged, never proved) to altering conduct, continues its relentless march across the discussion forums in the United States and beyond. The almost casual butcheries – actual, ... More >>

The Pacific will no longer stand for Australia's inaction

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 10:01 am | The Conversation

The Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tuvalu this week has ended in open division over climate change. Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory. More >>

Trial of Christchurch mosque attack accused may be delayed

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 4:36 pm | RNZ

The trial next year of the accused Christchurch mosque gunman may be delayed by a month in accordance with the wishes of the victims, the High Court at Christchurch has been told. More >>

EU wants to keep regional produce names for itself

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 4:22 pm | RNZ

The trade and export growth minister, Damien O'Connor says he's "very aware" the European Union wants to secure the protection of some produce names as part of Free Trade Agreement negotiations with New Zealand and other countries. More >>

ComCom pushes Fonterra on impact of carbon reductions

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 1:26 pm | BusinessDesk

Aug. 15 (BusinessDesk) - The Commerce Commission wants more information from Fonterra Cooperative Group on what it thinks the cost of cutting carbon emissions will have on the milk price paid to farmers. More >>

Wellington train outage to affect evening rush hour

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 12:48 pm | RNZ

Evening train services will be affected due to a power fault near the Wellington Railway Station this morning that may mean damaged trains must be towed away. More >>

Samoa arrest as assassination plot investigation continues

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 12:37 pm | RNZ

Police in Samoa have arrested Malele Atofu Paulo, also known as King Faipopo, as an investigation into an alleged plot to assassinate the prime minister continues. More >>

Fourth court hearing for accused mosque gunman

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 12:08 pm | RNZ

The fourth court hearing for accused Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant has taken place at the High Court in Christchurch. More >>

Accused mosque shooter's prison letter posted online

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 9:30 am | RNZ

The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks has sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. More >>

Price tag puts govt off university merger

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 5:11 pm | RNZ

A multi-million price tag has killed government support for a proposed partnership between Lincoln and Canterbury universities. More >>

Denying Climate Change and Boosting China’s Threat

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 3:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia has always nursed a contradictory, repressive relationship with its Pacific neighbours. Being a satrap of great powers, it has performed the role of gate keeper and monitor of regional instability, a condescending, often paternalistic agent. ... More >>

Peters Labels Paula Bennett’s Announcement ‘Amateur Hour’

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 1:53 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader 14 August 2019 Winston Peters Labels Paula Bennett’s Announcement ‘Amateur Hour’ “This has got to be ‘amateur hour’ or can’t be true,” says Leader of New Zealand First Rt Hon Winston Peters ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on why Boris is threatening to shoot a puppy

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 11:53 am | Gordon Campbell

It may help to think of the October 31 ‘no deal’ Brexit as a warm, rascally puppy. And British PM Boris Johnson has made it clear that he will shoot that puppy, unless someone stops him. Look, Johnson is as good as saying, here I go across the room ... More >>

PM Ardern to tackle climate change conversation in Tuvalu

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 10:45 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is on her way to Tuvalu for the 50th Pacific Islands Forum, where climate change is expected to dominate discussions. More >>

Kiwis travelling to Hong Kong warned flights could change

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 9:18 am | RNZ

As flights at Hong Kong's international airport were disrupted for a second day, a New Zealander caught up in the flight delays says travellers aren't blaming the anti-government protesters. More >>

Teen pleads guilty to possessing mosque shoooting video

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 5:20 pm | RNZ

A 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to possessing a copy of the video of the Christchurch mosque shootings. More >>

The Dig: Scoop’s Engaged Journalism Platform Launches

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 4:16 pm | The Dig

The Scoop Ecosystem has grown bigger with the launch of The Dig - a new public interest, in-depth, Engaged Journalism platform. The Dig will be 100% funded by donations to the Scoop Foundation and profits from Scoop Publishing once it breaks even. It will ... More >>

There is a field: Reimagining Biodiversity in Aotearoa

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 3:56 pm | The Dig

Aoraki Mt Cook. Photo: Stefan Wagener. CC2.0 “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. - Rumi. 13th Century Mystic Poet By: Joseph Cederwall We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected ... More >>

PM's talk with Boris Johnson focuses on free trade deal

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 3:34 pm | RNZ

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talked free trade, Brexit and the Christchurch Call during a phone call with the new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night. More >>

CPAC Down Under

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 2:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

CPAC, otherwise known as the Conservative Political Action Conference, had arrived in Sydney. The real entertainment bill was to be supplied by such figures as Brexiter supremo Nigel Farage and former editor-in-chief of Breitbart News London, Raheem ... More >>

Scott Barrett suspended for three weeks

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 1:13 pm | RNZ

All Blacks lock Scott Barrett has been suspended from all forms of rugby for three weeks for his no arms tackle to the head of Australian captain Michael Hooper in Perth on Saturday night. More >>

Two-horse race: Candidates Tamihere and Goff go head-to-head

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 1:09 pm | RNZ

The Auckland mayoral race heated up last night with the third-ranked candidate pulling out and offering John Tamihere an easier path to the Town Hall. More >>

Minister cautions Huawei against 'heavying' NZ government

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 12:56 pm | RNZ

GCSB Minister Andrew Little has cautioned Huawei against "heavying the government" with threats to exit New Zealand. More >>

Labour Party members allowed right to appeal investigation

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 12:46 pm | RNZ

Labour Party members who complained about bullying and harassment will be allowed to appeal an investigation which they feel ignored their concerns. More >>

Long wait for immigration decision on trafficking victims

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 11:00 am | RNZ

Fifteen victims of human trafficking who gave evidence in court are waiting to find out their fate - four years on from the court case which they fear put them in jeopardy of revenge attacks. More >>

NZ First tightlipped on prisoners' voting rights

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 10:29 am | RNZ

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is keeping his cards close to his chest on whether prisoners should have the right to vote. More >>